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Two involved in armed robbery on MAX train change plea

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Two men involved in an armed robbery on a MAX train back in February changed their pleas today.

Derek Poitra and Lawrence Bustamante took a plea deal, admitting to their roles in the attempted armed purse snatching.

Prosecutors say Poitra and two other men tried to steal a woman's purse near the MAX stop on Southeast 94th and Southeast Division Street on Feb. 20, 2012.

Investigators say Poitra opened fire when a Good Samaritan tried to stop him. Six shots were fired on the train, but no one was hurt.

Poitra was originally charged with attempted murder with a firearm and several other felonies, but today he pleaded guilty to robbery one and unlawful use of a weapon. The judge sentenced him to 10 years in prison.

In court, the judge asked Poitra what his plan was for the future.

"Get some education in prison, get my mind right, so when I get out I have a plan and do something with my life," Poitra said. "It's nice outside. It would be nice to enjoy it."

The other defendant, Bustamante, pleaded no contest to robbery one and unlawful use of a weapon today.  He will be back in court in mid-September to learn his sentence.

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